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Heat, Celtics, Warriors, Mavs In Conference Finals, 1,001 Diff Combos In NBA Lottery, Stephen A Tagged Wrong Booker, Alexander’s Record Extension

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The Eastern and Western Conference Finals of the NBA playoffs begins Tuesday night, with the Miami Heat vs the Boston Celtics, and the Golden State Warriors vs the Dallas Mavericks.

Prior to the start of the Conference Finals, the NBA will hold a lottery for the coveted top picks in the NBA Draft in June. In case you’re looking to predict which teams will get the top picks, there are 1,001 different combinations of teams landing in the top 14 spots.

ESPN’s Stephen A Smith has never been shy about expressing his opinion, but when he criticized the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker for his performance in their Game 7 loss, he tagged the wrong Devin Booker on Twitter. The Booker he tagged plays basketball in Turkey and had a great response. Click here.

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The Green Bay Packers extended their Pro Bowl cornerback Jaire Alexander’s contract making him the highest-paid defensive back in the NFL ($84 million over 4 years).

 

 

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Mavs Force Game 7, Heat Win Series, NFL Schedule Reveal & New Intern, No Triple Crown

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Thanks to Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks had a hug win over the Phoenix Suns to force a Game 7. (Mavs 113, Suns 86)

The Miami Heat had no trouble closing out the series and ending the Sixers season. (Heat 99, Sixers 90)

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The official NFL schedule ”reveal” has become a social media opportunity, and Peyton Manning and “new intern” Russell Wilson had some fun with it. Check it out.

HORSE RACING

There’s now no chance of a Triple Crown winner this year after it was announced that Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won’t be running in the Preakness Stakes on May 21st. Rich Strike is still scheduled for the Belmont Stakes, but the decision not to run the Derby winner is disappointing for many racing fans.

 

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NBA Playoff Recap, Williams Coach Of Year, Jokic NBA MVP, Brady Signs Biggest Contract In Broadcasting History

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The Golden State Warriors managed to pull ahead with just 45.7 seconds left to grab the win against the Memphis Grizzlies 101-98. The Warriors now have a 3-1 series lead. Warriors coach Steve Kerr had to sit the game out due to testing positive for COVID-19, and in an interesting twist, Mike Brown (who took over for Kerr) was hired on the same day to be the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

The Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks to even the series 2-2.

The Miami Heat trounced the Philadelphia 76ers in game 5 (120-85) to go up 3-2 in the series.

And, finally, the Dallas Mavericks face elimination (down 3-2) to the Phoenix Suns.

The NBA awards continue with the Sun’s Monty Williams named Coach of the Year. Reports have confirmed Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic will win the NBA MVP award. The award will be officially announced next week.

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Tom Brady will call games for Fox Sports after he retires for a reported whopping $375 million over 10 years, the biggest contract in sports TV history.

 

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Steelers 4 Pairs Brothers, Draymond Ejected In Warriors Win, Bucks Over Celtics, Bauer Suspended

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The NFL draft is over. For grades on how each team fared, click here.

After the draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers now have the distinction of having 4 pairs of brothers on their roster: The Edmunds Brothers (Terrell and Trey), the Watt Brothers (T.J and Derek), the Davis Brothers (Carlos and Khalil) and the Hayward Brothers (Cam and Conner).

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The Golden State Warriors pulled out a  Game 1 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. Everyone is talking about Draymond Green today as he was ejected in the second quarter due to a controversial foul and then taunted the crowd.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (triple double-24 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists) led the Milwaukee Bucks to a massive Game 1 win (101-89) over the Boston Celtics.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball suspended LA Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer for two seasons and a potential loss of $60 million over accusations he violated the league’s domestic violence policy. Bauer claims he’s innocent and will appeal the suspension.

 

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NFL Draft Twists And Turns, Boris Becker Sent To Prison

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The first round of the NFL draft Thursday night had a number of twists and turns. To begin, a quarterback wasn’t taken until the 20th overall pick, which is the lowest since 1997.

Jacksonville Jaguars selected Georgia defensive end, Travon Walker, with the #1 pick of the draft. The Detroit Lions grabbed Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson with the #2 pick.

In an interesting move, the Philadelphia Eagles traded with the Tennessee Titans their 18th overall pick (Treylon Bucks) for star wide receiver A.J. Brown. Brown will receive a four-year deal worth $100 million.

And, the Baltimore Ravens sent receiver Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals as part of a deal that included Arizona’s first-round pick.

TENNIS

Boris Becker, the former tennis star who in 1985 was the youngest male to win Wimbledon (17), was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for bankruptcy issues (hiding assets and illegally transferring money).

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Curry Scores 30 For Win, Bucks Face Celtics, NFL Draft, Tunsil Sells Gas Mask, Henry/Witherspoon Soccer Owners

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Stephen Curry came off the bench for his first start of the postseason (due to injury) and scored 30 points in a Golden State win over the Denver Nuggets. The Warriors will now advance to the next round and face either the Memphis Grizzlies or the Minnesota Vikings.

The Milwaukee Bucks also moved to the next round with a huge win over the Chicago Bulls. The Bucks (defending champions) will face the Boston Celtics.

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The NFL draft begins Thursday night with 262 players drafted across 7 rounds over 3 days.

Six years ago, Laremy Tunsil fell from a top spot in the NFL draft to the 13th pick (which doesn’t seem like a big deal, but with the sliding draft scale, cost him around $7 million dollars), because a video surfaced showing him wearing a gas mask bong. Tunsil, who has since made over $52 million, is now selling the gas mask as an NFT and will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Last Prisoner Project whose mission is to set free prisoners incarcerated for cannabis.

SOCCER

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up to join Nashville SC’s ownership group. According to Henry, “As a kid growing up in Florida, I imagined being a professional sports owner and the opportunity to do that with a Major League Soccer club is truly a dream come true.”

 

 

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Wimbledon Bans Russia, Broncos For Sale, Brady/Rodgers Vs Mahomes/Allen, Smart Defensive Player Of Year

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In a move that hasn’t happened since World War II, Wimbledon plans to ban athletes from certain countries. Russian and Belarusian competitors will no longer be able to compete in the tournament, which begins on June 27th.

FOOTBALL

Five remaining bidders are looking to purchase the Denver Broncos for an estimated record $4 billion-plus.  Rob Walton, an investor group led by 76ers/Devils owner Josh Harris, and a group led by Todd Boehly (minority owner of the Dodgers and Lakers), are among the final bidders. Harris and Boehly are also bidding against each other on Chelsea F.C.

GOLF

The highly entertaining “The Match” is returning, but this year will not feature any professional golfers. The Match is an exhibition golf tournament (kicking off June 1st) featuring big-name athletes competing against each other with prize money going to charity. The most anticipated matchup will be Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers facing off against Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. According to golf experts, Rodgers is the best golfer of the bunch.

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While the Playoffs are in full swing, the NBA announced their first big award going to Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart for winning the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

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NBA Playoffs First Games, Celtics/Nets Matchup, Kyrie Flips Off Crowd, MVP Finalists, Tsai Conflict, Brady To Musk

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The NBA playoffs began this weekend. A few notable highlights: Steph Curry (coming off an injury that has kept him off the court since March 16th) played for a limited time in the Golden State Warriors’ first-round win over the Denver Nuggets. And, it’s looking like the Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets matchup will entertain us all week. The Celtics barely won Game 1 when Jayson Tatum hit a buzzer-beater layup sealing a 115-114 win. His impressive play was overshadowed by the Nets’ Kyrie Irving flipping off the heckling fans.

The NBA unveiled its award finalists on Sunday. In the MVP race, Joel Embid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Nikola Jokic received the most votes.

Speaking of the Nets, ESPN is examining owner Joe Tsai for potential conflicts between his business dealings in China (he owns Alibaba) with social justice issues. Of particular concern is a story claiming Tsai tried to get the NBA to fire Daryl Morey (who was the Rockets’ general manager) for his criticism of China.

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Tom Brady had a great response to Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter. He asked Musk to delete his college combine photo which has been circulating on Twitter for years.

 

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Nakken Makes History, Nationals Sale, Howard Selected #1, Raiders Sign Carr, Jones & Blockchain, Venmo For Middle Finger

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Alyssa Nakken made history this week by becoming the first female Major League Baseball coach to make an on-field appearance. Nakken also made history when she became the first woman to work full-time in the big leagues. During the Giants/Padres game, Nakken replaced the Giants’ first base coach after he was ejected.

In other baseball news, the Lerner family is considering selling the Washington Nationals.

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Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard was selected with the first pick in the WNBA draft. The season begins on May 6th, and for the first time, the teams will play 36 regular-season games.

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The Las Vegas Raiders signed quarterback Derek Carr to a three-year extension worth $121.5 million and overall compensation of $141.3 over the next four years.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced his team will partner with Blockchain, the first time an NFL team has partnered with cryptocurrency. Jones blazed a trail in the 1990s when he became the first owner to insist on stadium sponsorships.

HOCKEY

Minnesota Wild’s Ryan Hartman got fined $4,250 for flipping off controversial and widely disliked Evander Kane (among other actions was accused of gambling on NHL games and faking a COVID vaccination card) on Tuesday night. Fans of Hartman (and haters of Kane) started pouring money into his Venmo account to pay off the fine.

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Scheffler Wins Masters, Haskins Tragedy, Brady To Dolphins Saga

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Scottie Scheffler handily won the Masters. He joins Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods as the only players in the last 40 years to with the Masters at the age of 25 or younger.

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins tragically died over the weekend when a dump truck hit him while he was walking on a South Florida highway, Interstate 595. Haskins was a standout at Ohio State before entering the NFL with the 15th overall pick.

The story about Tom Brady almost joining the Dolphins has may layers. According to reports, Brady was interested in joining the Dolphins as a minority owner, but the negotiations got derailed with a head coach carousel and with accusations of tampering with NFL policy. As an alum of the University of Michigan, Brady has a connection with Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross, who has his name on its business school. Brady is also friends with Miami’s minority owner Bruce Beal. For more on this story (which isn’t over) click here.

 

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